By Rand Miller
Released to coincide with the discharge of the recent Myst CD-ROM, an atmospheric fable story chronicles the determined fight of Ti'Ana, the grandmother of Atrus, opposed to the evil schemes of Veovis, the architect of the destruction of the D'Ni.
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While this was being organized. Master Geran, working with a team of senior members of the Guild of Cartographers, designed the main shaft. This was not as simple a job as it might have appeared, for the great shaft was to be the hub of a network of much smaller tunnels that would branch out from it. Most of these were service tunnels, leading back to D'ni, but some extended the original excavation to the north. As things developed, Master Telanis found himself no longer leading the expedition but only one of six Guild Masters working under Grand Master Iradun himself, head of the Guild of Surveyors.
As things developed, Master Telanis found himself no longer leading the expedition but only one of six Guild Masters working under Grand Master Iradun himself, head of the Guild of Surveyors. Other guilds, too, were now steadily more involved in the work. Aitrus, looking on, found himself excited by all this frenetic activity. It seemed as though they were suddenly at the heart of everything, the very focus of D'ni's vast enterprise. By the end of the third week the bulk of the great chamber had been part-cut, part-melted from the rock, a big stone burner—a machine of which all had heard but few had ever seen in action—making the rock drip from the walls like ice before a blowtorch.
A small ceremony to mark the commencement of Aitrus nodded. " Briefly Veovis held his arm, then, as if he understood Aitrus's embarrassment, let his hand fall away. " * * * That evening they winched the excavator up onto the platform at the very top of the great shaft. Aitrus, standing beside Master Telanis, watched as it was lowered onto the metal grid, feeling an immense pride at the sight of the craft. Its usefulness as a cutter was marginal now-other machines, much larger and more efficient were already in place, ready to cut the final tunnel from the rock-yet it would serve as their quarters in this final leg of their journey.